Protect Your Pets From Fleas And Ticks



Ask pet owners what they consider to​ be the​ most frustrating part of​ having a​ dog or​ cat,​ and fleas and ticks will likely be high on​ the​ list.

From powders and sprays to​ dips and pills,​ the​ array of​ products available to​ combat these annoying insects can be a​ difficult road to​ navigate for even the​ most dedicated pet owner. But choosing the​ wrong product or​ applying it​ incorrectly can be dangerous.

"Dogs and cats have different needs,​ especially when it​ comes to​ flea and tick control,​ and applying the​ wrong product can be harmful to​ a​ pet,​" said Dr. Jordan Siegel,​ technical services veterinarian for Wellmark International. "Some people are too busy to​ read the​ labels or​ they simply get products confused,​ particularly if​ they have more than one dog or​ cat."

Wellmark International,​ located in​ Schaumburg,​ Ill.,​ has created topical applicators designed to​ eliminate that confusion and make applying flea and tick treatment easier.

Zodiac Spot on​ is​ the​ company's easy-to-apply monthly treatment that controls flea and tick infestations. Its Pet Specifix applicators feature cat-head shapes for felines and dog-bone shapes for canines to​ help pet owners keep track of​ the​ treatment they need for each pet. in​ addition,​ the​ applicators are color-coded to​ match pet weight ranges to​ help avoid accidental misapplication.

Because just one adult flea on​ a​ pet can lay up to​ 50 eggs a​ day,​ which can end up in​ a​ home's carpet and furniture,​ it's important to​ break the​ flea life cycle. Ticks can be more harmful than fleas because of​ their ability to​ spread Lyme disease,​ Rocky Mountain spotted fever and other infections to​ humans.

Here are some tips on​ applying flea and tick treatment:

* Don't use a​ product on​ a​ species other than the​ one for which it​ is​ registered.

* Select products that contain both an​ adulticide and an​ insect growth regulator. This one-two punch will kill adult fleas and ticks while preventing flea eggs from maturing into breeding,​ biting adults.

* Read and follow all product label instructions.

* Treat all pets in​ the​ household,​ not just those with the​ flea problem.

* Institute an​ ongoing treatment and prevention program to​ avoid reinfestations.





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